Helping out the homeless

Helping out the homeless

Those who can fend for themselves ought to assist those who can't.

A local faith-based organization dedicated to providing services to the homeless is holding a fundraising event this weekend.

It's a good organization with a noble goal — lending a hand to people in need, many of whom have been written off by society. And that goal could use some support. So those who have the money and an interest in this issue would be well-advised to make a donation to C-U at Home (cuathome.us/one-winter-night/).

Homelessness is one of those issues most people don't think much about, unless they encounter a life-worn person looking for a handout or sitting on the sidewalk.

But it's a real problem that is incredibly difficult to address, mostly because many of the homeless have a variety of personal problems (drugs, alcohol, mental-health issues) that complicate the process of returning them to successful self-reliance.

Perhaps that's why Robert Dalhaus III, managing director of C-U at Home, said, "There's a lot of faith that goes into what we do."

How could there not be? The most difficult of homeless people will test the faith — and the patience — of anyone who comes to their assistance.

C-U at Home has taken on this difficult job, through the Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center, transitional housing, outreach teams and detox transportation.

But faith is not just relying on benevolent God — it also involves placing faith in people to provide the wherewithal to do that job.

C-U at Home's fundraiser will be held Friday, and it's premised on volunteers getting a small taste of homelessness by sleeping outside in refrigerator boxes and collecting pledges for doing so.

In addition to making a pledge, donors should feel free to write the organization a check.

C-U at Home hopes to raise $230,000, a substantial sum. As of a few days ago, it had raised about $80,000, also a substantial sum but far short of the organization's goal.

So readers who can ought to consider lending a hand while, at the same time, being grateful there are committed people working on the behalf of those "without an address."

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